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Bas Dost takes a touch before scoring for the first time in over a year — ending a run of 45 goals using first-time finishes

Sporting CP's 6ft 5in target man may be one dimensional but his effectiveness is undeniable

There is no mystery to Bas Dost.

What you see is what you get.

And what Sporting CP have got from the Dutch target man since signing him in 2016, is 58 goals from 56 league games.

Laugh all you want, he’s a machine

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Laugh all you want, he’s a machine

This weekend just gone, Dost took a touch before scoring for the first time in over a year.

Before the 28-year-old’s 12th minute strike against Belenenses on Sunday, Dost had scored 45 consecutive goals using first-time finishes (including penalties).

First of all, credit must go to his team-mates — this incredible stat suggests impeccable service.

Bruno Fernandes and Gelson Martins in particular have a great sense of timing in terms of when to feed the poacher.

Training against Dost can’t be much fun

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Training against Dost can’t be much fun

Dost has been the right man at the right time for Sporting for nearly two years.

His contribution to general play and build-up is minimal.

Earlier this season he scored a hat-trick having touched the ball just 13 times in the game.

Credit to Reddit user sct02 for his observations and research

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Credit to Reddit user sct02 for his observations and research

Dost is part tap-in merchant, part back-post bully, part penalty-specialist.

His aerial ability and considerable frame mean he scores more than his fair share of headers.

Still, whatever the circumstances, 45 first-time finish goals in a row, over the course of a year, is utterly insane.

One dimensional he may be, but Dost’s Primeira Liga numbers are impressive by anyone’s standards.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.


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